Sample environment for in-situ ultra-high temperature mechanical testing

Coordinating university or institute

Chalmers University of Technology,



Project description

There is a large societal need for structural materials capable of withstanding temperatures in the ultra-high temperature (UHT) range, here defined as temperatures above 1100°C. Development of such materials poses significant scientific and technological challenges and in order to address these challenges, it is vital to understand the deformation mechanisms at the operating temperatures. The unprecedented neutron flux and intended detector combination at the engineering diffractometer BEER at ESS will provide a unique tool for this purpose. Within the project, a sample environment, in the form of a furnace adapted for mounting on the BEER stress rig, will be developed. The furnace will allow in-situ mechanical testing during neutron diffraction experiments to be performed at temperatures up to at least 1600°C, and will be a part of the standard sample environment pool for BEER.




Chalmers University of Technology:

  • Magnus Hörnqvist Colliander, Docent, senior researcher in physics

Linköping University:

  • Ru Lin Peng, Professor, Engineering Materials

KTH Royal Institute of Technology:

  • Peter Hedström, Docent, Materials Science and Engineering

Nucelar Physics institute Prague:

  • Premysl Beran, Doctor, Instrument Scientist at BEER at ESS

Core deliverables

  • Conceptual and detailed design of sample environment
  • Manufacturing and testing of sample environment prototype
  • Delivery of final hardware to BEER at ESS

Total budget

EUR 940,000


  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Linköping University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Nucelar Physics Institute Prague

Procurement codes

Mechanical Engineering and raw materials

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